Oklahoma City, OK asked in Animal / Dog Law and Divorce for Oklahoma

Q: What if my spouse refuses to return my dog during separation period before divorce?

Wife has refused ownership of the dog several times due to quality of life at apartment. I’ve offered to pay for everything. He has lived with me for the entire separation period. He was my bestfriend while I was in the army. Now she is only keeping him from me to hurt me. But she has him listed in the divorce decree now. Is there anything I can do?

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Anna L Self
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Anna L Self
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  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Licensed in Oklahoma

A: You don't say how the dog is listed in the divorce decree. If the decree says she gets the dog and it has not been signed by the Judge - don't sign the decree. If the decree says she gets the dog and the Judge has signed the decree then the decree is enforceable. Dogs are considered personal property in Oklahoma just like vehicles, furniture, etc. So the decree controls who gets the dog.

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